Oxford Colleges Propose Construction of Over 100 Student Rooms in North Oxford

Over 100 Student Rooms in North Oxford

Plans for New Student Accommodation Face Concerns Over Neighborhood Noise

Oxford, UK – Oxford University Colleges have filed an application for building over 100 student rooms in North Oxford. Hertford College, Kellogg College, and Reuben College have proposed to create new accommodation for up to 130 students. The proposal, submitted to the city council’s planning committee, will be reviewed later today, Tuesday, May 23.

The plans include the development of single study bedrooms, six duplex flats, a common room pavilion, and a Southeast Asian Studies Centre. The proposed development will utilise land to the rear of Winchester Road and on Banbury and Bevington Roads. The new student rooms will be spread across six new buildings.

Despite being “impressed” with the proposed architectural designs, Professor Richard Katz of Oxford University has expressed concerns about the potential for increased noise and public disturbance. Professor Katz and his wife, Lucy Cloover, also an Oxford University staff member, have previously opposed proposals that might affect the tranquility of the neighbourhood. Earlier this year, they strongly objected to a local pub’s application to extend its opening hours.

Professor Katz stated that preserving the neighbourhood’s peace was of “paramount importance” to his family. He suggested that new student residents may need to be reminded of their obligations to maintain public order and cleanliness.

The proposed development plan also includes the conversion of existing buildings into student accommodation, the addition of a student café, and a porters lodge on Bevington Road. Notably, the area slated for development lies within the North Oxford Victorian Suburb Conservation Area, which includes a Grade II listed Victorian gothic building.

The Victorian Group of the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society has voiced strong objections to the plan, deeming it a “destructive desecration” of the conservation area.

The city council has responded by acknowledging the need to balance the potential harm to heritage assets against the public benefits of the proposal. A decision on the application is expected to be made at the city council’s planning committee meeting at 6 pm this evening.

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